#Oyigbo killings: Amnesty International, SERAP raise alarm over alleged killings, rights violations by Nigerian Army

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Nyesom Wike, Rivers


The Amnesty International and Socio- Rights And Accountability (SERAP) have expressed worry over alleged killing of persons and rights violation by the military in Oyigbo (Obigbo) Local Government Area of Rivers State.


AccordIng to a tweet last Sunday from its Twitter handle:@AmnestyNigeria, Amnesty International said “is receiving disturbing information from #Oyigbo, Rivers State. Despite the existing curfew, are allegedly invading homes. Some residents reported seeing dead bodies on the street, allegedly shot by ”.


The rights organisation via the tweet also called on the military to exercise restraint.


“We are calling on the military authorities to exercise restraint and the killings”, Amnesty International stated.


In the same vein, SERAP in its Twitter handle (@SERAPNigeria) said “we’re concerned about of grave rights violations by Nigerian military in #Oyigbo, Rivers state”.


The group further urged to institute a probe into the alleged rights violations and prosecute all perpetrators.


“We urge @MBuhari to immediately order a probe into the and ensure perpetrators are prosecuted.


“Authorities must end attacks on Nigerians in #Oyigbo”, the tweet stated.


say many residents of Oyigbo have fled the territory following increased military presence in area.


Sources say many have fled to neighboring Obio/Akpor, Etche Eleme and LGAs.


Information filtering in from the besieged LG blames the military for shooting and abducting including adolescents in the area.


The residents have cried out over the difficulty in getting  food, medicine and fuel for power supply as Governor Nyesom Wike had imposed a 24 hours curfew in the area.


be recalled that military authorities from the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, , alleged that some of its men were killed following an attack by members of the Indigenous of Biafra (IPOB) who the military also said took their rifles. (City Star)